A Met Office Amber Alert is in force for the whole of the East Midlands and for Staffordshire and Warwickshire warning us to be prepared for heavy snow today. Elsewhere in the region a lower Yellow Alert has been issued by The Met Office.
The weather system has been moving eastwards through this morning starting as a band of rain but is turning to snow as it hits the colder air in our region. The West Midlands will see the snow from mid afternoon onwards, the East Midlands from late afternoon. We will all see around 4 hours of snow, accumulations of 8cm possible quite widely 10-20cm on higher ground of the Peak District and Staffordshire Moorlands.
The snow will continue edging eastwards tonight before turning to a sleet and rain mix overnight. With sub zero temperatures expect icy stretches on the roads. The snow will start to clear from the west overnight which is good news for tomorrow.
Most of Saturday will be dry and sunny with beautiful blue sky! The temperatures will hit 4c, so it will feel milder than of late and we will start to see the snow thawing. However then we see a change later in the day as cloud builds from the west ahead of the next system a band of rain that will spread through overnight. It will be windy too.
This rain will add to the snow thaw meaning flooding could be an issue. The rain will also introduce milder air so by Sunday temperatures will hit 7c.